A precedent has been set for those linked to performance-enhancing drug use: Come forward with your admission, repent and move on. But Mark McGwire is in a different category. His links are of a different kind, and so is his mentor.
A FBI informant wore a wire while speaking with a Baltimore Orioles outfielder, helping fuel the federal government's steroid investigation that eventually led to the Mitchell report, according to a report on The Smoking Gun.
Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons worked out together in Arizona this offseason. They lifted weights, ran on the treadmill and had several conversations about the Mitchell report, in which each player was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts got his name in the Mitchell Report on the flimsiest of evidence: Former teammate Larry Bigbie told investigators that Roberts admitted injecting himself with steroids "once or twice."
An ESPN.com investigation of baseball's inquiry into performance-enhancing drugs reveals a series of missteps and conflicts that undermined former Sen. George Mitchell from the start. Howard Bryant reports.
Jason Grimsley has tried to live a quiet life since he talked to federal investigators about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The upcoming Mitchell report is likely to shatter that silence, Mike Fish writes.